Fried chicken is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods—for me, it’s right up there with a grilled cheese sandwich and macaroni and cheese. But until this weekend, I’d never actually made it myself.
Leave it to Ina Garten to change that.
Ina was cooking with Tyler Florence—another chef whose recipes never seem to lead me astray—on her Food Network show the other weekend, and they were making chicken fried in herb-scented oil. The recipe couldn’t have been simpler: Brine the chicken in saltwater for a few hours, dredge it in a mixture of buttermilk and Sriracha, then dip it in seasoned flour. Fry the chicken, three or four pieces at a time, in peanut oil that’s flavored with thyme, sage, rosemary and garlic…and then eat until you can’t eat anymore. Seriously, this is really good fried chicken, you guys. We served it with corn on the cob and my mom’s potato salad and it was the perfect Labor Day meal. If you want to make it, here’s the recipe. I hope you love it.